Russia: Aerospace forces to start receiving Mi-26T2 helicopters in 2018

The Russian Aerospace Forces will start receiving the upgraded Mi-26T2 heavy-lift transport helicopters in 2018, a spokesman for the manufacturing firm Russian Helicopters said. “Deliveries of Mi-26T2 to the Russian Defense Ministry are planned for 2018, but this deadline depends not only on the Russian Helicopters holding’s enterprises”, Director of Public Procurement and Military-Technical Cooperation…

Russia: 97 million tons of grain threshed

Russian farmers have threshed 96.879 million tons of grain from 34.9 million hectares as of September 6, compared with 29 million hectares last year as of the corresponding date, the Agriculture Ministry said. Wheat harvest amounted to 66.8 million tons and barley harvest stood at 17.6 million tons. The ministry expects Russia’s grain harvest to…

Russia: winter sowing started

This year Russia started winter sowing a few days later than in 2015. As of September 2, winter grains had been sown at 3410.9 thousand ha, 19.7% of the plan (17.35 million ha). In Ural federal district winter sowing was carried out at 69.6% – at 47.4 thousand ha, in Privolzhsky – at 50.9% (2414.8…

Russia to supply Ka-52K attack helicopters to Egypt

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Egyptian Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi recently agreed to establish a training program for Egyptian pilots. Considering this development, it is very likely that Moscow and Cairo are in fact close to brokering a sale of Russian-made Ka-52K carrier-based attack helicopters to Egypt, which would become a welcome addition to…

Russia: wheat exports up in January-July 2016

Russia’s wheat exports rose by 60% YoY to 10.885 million tons in January-July, according to the Federal Customs Service. In monetary terms, exports increased by 29.82% to $1.886 billion. Russia’s wheat exports to non-CIS countries increased by 70% YoY to 10.424 million tons worth $1.806 billion, up by 38.09% rise in monetary terms. Wheat exports…

Russia: Gazprom Neft offers Arctic partnership to CNOOC

Russian oil company Gazprom Neft has offered partnership on two Arctic shelf deposits, Kheisovsky and Severo-Vrangelevsky, to China’s CNOOC, CEO of parent company Gazprom Alexei Miller said. Miller said that Gazprom suggested that CNOOC participate in the development of the shelf fields of Gazprom Neft, without elaborating. “As regards oil, we are considering this opportunity,…

Ukraine: Ukroboronprom presenting defense potential at MSPO 2016 exhibition

The Ukroboronprom State Concern is presenting the potential of the Ukrainian defense and industrial complex at the 24th International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO 2016 in Kielce (Poland) on September 6 through September 9. The concern’s press service reported that 14 Ukroboronprom’s enterprises were presented in Kielce thus showing the potential of the Ukrainian defense and…

Ukraine: over 7 million tons of grains exported

Since the beginning of 2016/2017 MY, Ukraine exported 7.213 million tons of grains, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine declared. In particular, wheat exports totaled 4.203 million tons, corn – 575 thousand tons, barley – 2.408 million tons, and other grains – 27 thousand tons. Ukraine supplied nearly 60.2 thousand tons of…

Moldova: exports of wheat to the EU up in H1 2016

In the first half of 2016, Moldova significantly increased its exports of agricultural products to the EU markets. In particular, in the reporting period wheat supplies reached 178.2 thousand tons, up by 137% compared with the quota volumes (75 thousand tons), the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry of Moldova reported. In January-June the exports…

Belarus: EEU cuts import duties

The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) has reduced import duties from 5.43% to 5.3% of the customs value of goods. The new rates became effective on September 1. The move was approved by the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) and reflects Russia’s WTO commitments. Although Belarus is not a WTO member, the country still has to comply…

Belarus: government extends loan repayment schedule for farms and agribusiness companies

Belarus’ farms and agribusiness enterprises, which received Br455.4 million ($232.255 million) in credits in 2016 to pay for mineral fertilizers, engine fuel and lubricants, will have their credit repayment schedule extended by one year, in accordance with President Lukashenko’s ordinance No. 328 of September 2. The document was made public on September 6. The credits…